From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE – Local 4th through 6th graders (rising) will enjoy a rare opportunity to track legendary beast Bigfoot when Fresh Air Family’s Prepared Not Scared Day Camp returns to Trussville, July 16-20. Sponsored by Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale, this popular survival/life skills camp will be based at the Trussville Athletic Complex.
“This will be a magical time on the banks of the Cahaba River,” said FAF Executive Director Verna Gates. “Dr. Matt Brown, a resident of Trussville, will be teaching it, and his camps have been getting rave reviews.”
A herpetologist by interest and a research biologist by trade, Brown is also a Boy Scout leader and home school instructor.
To help them track Bigfoot or any other animal, campers will learn to identify calls and tracks, read a map, and forage for food and water, among other skills. They’ll also learn about edible and medicinal plants, dealing with bullying and the don’t-touch-it method of gun safety.
Camp activities include building debris shelters, starting fires from scratch, turning sticks into fishing poles and more.
Cost of the five-day camp is $175 for FAF members, $200 for non-members. Before- and after-care is available for $25. Camp begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m.
Gates indicated that help is available to make Prepared, Not Scared camp more affordable.
“We have some scholarships we need to give away,” she said.